Nov
23

opinion from Brian Crowell:

How Badass Teachers (BATS) Lost Their Soul; A Critique By Brian Crowell       My name is Brian Crowell. I am former member of The Research Team of The National Badass Teachers Organization. I am one of the organizing members of the new Badass Teachers of Color Organization. This new organization was founded by 14 members including co founder of BATS, Professor Mark Naison of Fordham University. This critique will be a technical critique of how the policies of BATS is inconsistent with its creation and how its response to the dismal election results forced a split within the organization of BATS. This analysis is not meant for any personal attacks but rather to show a direct conflict in policy prescriptions for current problems facing labor. I will not discuss non progressive views of certain members of BATS, as I think that will dissuade from the current crisis facing American Labor.   Critique 1. The National BATS Organization has no interest in restoring the true left and progressive roots of Labor. When presented with a resolution to restore FDR’s Second Bill of Rights as a primary platform of policy, the resolution was killed in the National BATS Leadership. Even though the resolution was very popular, and had much input from members of BAT leadership, the Leadership of BATS didn’t “want to offend NEA or AFT” by presenting them with the resolution. Given the election results and the difficult terrain for labor going forward I … [Read more...]

Nov
22

Divine Mother, The Matrona knows

that the Servants of Darkness have targeted mothers and their children. … [Read more...]

Nov
05

The Waiaka Bridge and the Kamuela Museum:

The Waiaka Bridge and the Kamulea Museum Again, government encroachment is threatening to destroy two important Waimea landmarks and further dilute and desecrate the rich history of the Hawaiian Peoples. At the intersection of Highways 250 and 19 stands the Historic Waiaka Bridge, currently scheduled for demolition in 2015 by the State of Hawaii. Built by Charles H. Will in 1932, it was the first bridge ever funded by federal money on Hawai’i Island. Coming at the cusp of the Great Depression and WWII, the bridge would serve as a vital link for both native and American military interests in the years to come, and it continues to this day. Directly alongside the bridge stands the Kamuela Museum, a labor of love and respect for the Hawaiian heritage and built by native locals Albert and Harriet Solomon in 1968. Albert’s part-Hawaiian mother was a descendant of King Kamehameha I, and his father was Arabic, Turkish and Jewish. Harriet Meyers Solomon was the great-great granddaughter of John Parker, of the world-famous Parker Ranch. The Kahunas had predicted to a young Albert that he would one day settle on land that had three mountains in sight, and he and Harriet felt the purchase of their land parcel in 1954 was “meant to be.” Until Albert’s death at age 95 in 2002, the museum served as an amazing repository of native lore and history, and was instrumental in educating generations of the local people in their rich heritage. Historically, at least three Heiau are … [Read more...]

Oct
28

My daughter is a twitter legend!

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Sep
08

PRESS RELEASE ABOUT TEACHERS IN CALIFORNIA:

The Berkeley Schools Labor Caucus is researching activities by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (also known as the CTC). We are compiling data regarding possible age and racial discrimination. If you are a teacher in California who has been referred to the CTC for possible disciplinary action please contact the Berkeley Schools Labor Caucus as soon as possible. Your information will be kept confidential. Contact:   berkeleylaborcaucus@gmail.com … [Read more...]

Sep
05

Roseannearchy against The Devil: ‘the end':

The End Have you noticed how every tale about a little girl or boy on an adventure in a mysterious place, where it’s never quite clear if things are real or imagined, seems to return home with a lesson learned? I guess it’s fitting that mine should, too. Whether Doro- thy comes back from Oz and decides there’s no place like home or Alice comes to her senses with vivid memories of Mad Hatters and Cheshire cats (whatever that meant), the story is always about self-discovery. It was like that for me, too. There was always a twist or turn to amaze me—what with Hollywood, big-time TV, running around the world and sometimes not knowing if I was running toward something or away from it. You may be surprised that somebody doing all that running can stay so pleasingly plump and then some. But I’ve had quite a voyage—one that was as crazy and exciting as money and a ticket to Tinseltown can provide. Although I have to say that the best part, when I look back, was probably the leg of the journey before I got rich and famous. It was the breaking-out part that was the best—the part that started with me taking the saucy little jokes I cooked up at my kitchen table and serving them up to the yahoos in the bars, the lesbians in the church basements, and all the rest of the folks who looked into the funhouse mirror of my humor and either laughed or looked away. And then, finally, there I was, sitting onstage beside the great Johnny Carson—the wizard who sat in front of the curtain. That … [Read more...]

Sep
04

Hail Hail a VaGenius has left this realm-Joan Rivers, Rest in Peace.

She was always surprising us, always defying the status quo, always courageous, loud opinionated and damning. Her movie, ‘The Girl Most Likely’ starred Stockyard Channing, and was the funniest thing I ever saw on TV. A hilarious story of a girl who is mistreated and gets real revenge, instead of being full of ‘forgiveness’-the usual female ‘media message’ fare.   Joan was constantly praised and then hounded by sexist Hollywood for having an independent point of view and a sense of unmatched female inner power-no one has ever seen such a fierce woman in any media. She paid the cost to be the boss-most comics couldn’t hold up mentally to the kind of humiliation that Hollywood put Joan Rivers through. She turned it all back on their sexism though, like St. Joan The Conquerer. She kept getting braver and braver.   I must admit when she told fat jokes about Liz Taylor, I didn’t like that at all! I didn’t want anyone to point out Liz’s weight, because I weighed about 220 then. At one point I couldn’t help but laugh at one of her fat jokes, against my will. She could make you do a spit take! Laughing at what offends us can sometimes make everything feel lighter. After all, it’s Ok to be fat, and to laugh about it. Fat people fall in love and have sex and love to laugh at fat jokes because it’s better to laugh than to cry. It was better for us, that Joan Rivers not only made fun of her own looks, but also the cultural pressure that drove her to worry about … [Read more...]

Aug
06

Letter to Kerry from an Israeli:

Paula R. Stern Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, “A Soldier's Mother”, has been running for more than 5 years. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write her thoughts and dream of a trip to Italy, Scotland, and beyond. Dear Secretary of State John Kerry, Because of my respect for the United States, I will attempt to afford you the honor you think you so richly deserve. It’s hard to speak to you with anything but anger, hard to feel the need, again, to start from the beginning because you clearly choose to ignore history in your quest for glory. It is a quest destined to fail but its outcome, even, or more accurately especially, in failure, will hurt Israel. Greater men than you have tried to make, to force, peace on the Middle East. I promise you, you will fail too. You will fail because you are not addressing the root cause of the problem. You, like so many before you, take the easy way out. Blame Israel. It is so easy to do, and so stupid. I could speak to you of history – a history longer and greater than you can imagine. I could speak to you of injustices – yes, our land is filled with the graves of those murdered for the unjust reason that they lived here, or traveled abroad, or ate in the wrong restaurant, or took the wrong bus. I could speak to you of justice – of a population exchange similar to those that have taken place … [Read more...]